How about those Mariners? After losing five games in a row, they have a chance to win five in a row with a victory today against the Rays. They’re only a half game back from the Angels and the Twins, while the Rangers and Royals are a game and a half back. I compiled some links to take your mind off of the tense wild card race. Enjoy.
In Mariners News...
- Nelson Cruz hits baseballs very hard.
August Exit Velocity leaders 110+ mph @statcast— Gary Hill (@GaryHillJr) August 19, 2017
Nelson Cruz 14
Giancarlo Stanton 10
Blue Jays 7
- His homer yesterday put him at 31 dingers and 100 RBI. He’s been on a tear lately to reach those numbers.
Nelson Cruz with another HR. How hot is the big man? Over last 18 games, he's batting .418 with 11 HR and 24 RBI. Now 31 HR, 100 RBI on year— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) August 19, 2017
- Mitch Haniger hit a grand slam in his first game back from the disabled list.
- Max Povse started for the Rainiers last night, striking out seven in just under five innings.
Rainiers lose 2-0.— Mariners Minors (@MiLBMariners) August 20, 2017
Max Povse 4.2IP, 0H, 1R, BB, 7K
Cody Martin 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
Gordon Beckham 2-4
Ian Miller 1-3
Mike Marjama 1-4
- Donny Walton slapped three doubles for the Modesto Nuts in a 9-4 victory.
Nuts win 9-4!— Mariners Minors (@MiLBMariners) August 20, 2017
Spencer Herrmann 6IP, 7H, 4R, 2BB, 4K, WIN
Donnie Walton 3-5, 3 2B, 2R, RBI
Kyle Lewis 0-3, R, RBI, BB,SF
Logan Taylor 1-4, 2B
- The AZL Mariners lost, but Tommy Romero and Ryan Costello assembled some pretty incredible stat lines.
AZL Mariners (25-20) lose 10-9 in 10 innings.— Mariners Minors (@MiLBMariners) August 20, 2017
Tommy Romero 3.2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 10K
Ryan Costello 4-4, 2 2B, R, 2RBI
Around the League...
- Rafael Devers is younger than me, and is putting together a record-setting start of his career.
- Mike Trout became the third player to have six 25-homer seasons before age 26. The other two players to do it are in the Hall of Fame.
- Mike Moustakas is about to break a Royals’ franchise record for most home runs in a season.
- The Dodgers just won their 13th interleague game in a row, a record they now share with the 2004 Rays and 2006 Red Sox.
- Speaking of the Dodgers, they are now on pace to win the most games in league history.
- Craig Edwards of FanGraphs analyzes Marcus Stroman and his success over the past two seasons.
- The Blue Jays added starting pitcher Tom Koehler.
- Former Washington Husky defensive back Budda Baker even makes standing up look exciting.